All donors at South Texas Blood & Tissue Center must consent to testing to give blood
August 29, 2016


The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) received notification on August 26, 2016 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that, within the next four weeks, all blood donations collected in Texas and 10 other states at high risk for active Zika transmission must be tested for the virus. Testing on collections from the remaining states must begin within the next 12 weeks. 

All those who want to donate must consent to the testing of their donation for the virus. STBTC, which began testing donations for Zika on July 5, was the second center in the United States to announce testing for the virus. 

While the center has had more than 10,000 units tested since July, not all donors are providing consent for testing. According to Dr. Rachel Beddard, medical director, about 12 percent of donors are not consenting, a number the blood center is working to improve.